Money talks. For FIFA, that rings true yet again.
The soccer world governing body has announced it will nearly triple club compensation for releasing players to take part in the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, totaling $209 million for each event.
That amount marks an increase from the $70 million it paid to clubs during the most recent 2014 World Cup, likely having much to do with the winter schedule for 2022 in Qatar that wreaks havoc on a club schedule, most notably in England where the country doesn’t take off for the holiday season. FIFA paid $40 million to clubs in 2010.
“We are taking a huge step forward in promoting relations between FIFA and the clubs in a spirit of mutual and constructive cooperation,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter said in a statement.
The deal is a massive increase, especially considering FIFA denied consistently – most recently in late February – that they would compensate clubs for the movement to a winter schedule.
As a comparison, UEFA is scheduled to pay clubs $160 million for releasing players to the 2016 European Championships. Meanwhile, FIFA also pays clubs insurance for players injured on national duty. This cost them $88 million the last World Cup cycle, according to the Associated Press.
Yet again, money soothes all pains, and FIFA is hoping their payments will do so here to keep clubs from lashing out at the winter schedule announced yesterday.